Journalist You Need To Know: Naga Munchetty

04.11.19

What’s her beat?

Naga Munchetty is a regular presenter for BBC television who has appeared on BBC World News, BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire. She has caused quite a stir the last few weeks after comments she made about President Trump’s remarks to four Democratic congresswomen of colour to “go home” despite them being US citizens.

Describe her in a sentence

Unapologetic and is not afraid to say it as it is.

Can you pitch to her?

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Why do I need to know her? 

Naga has been in the headlines quite a bit after the BBC ruled that she breached the guidelines by criticising Donald Trump for perceived racism.

“Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism. Now I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.”

After this ruling, public figures came out against the ruling, saying that racism is not up for debate and that there is a right and wrong side to be on. As a result of this backlash, the BBC had to avoid more bad press by saying that they are not impartial when it comes to racism. The BBC ultimately condemned the ruling by their complaints office, saying that Munchetty conducted the interview in a “fair and understanding manner”

Naga Munchetty is definitely a name that you need to know in the coming weeks as the topic of racism in the media is under the microscope.

What’s her back story?

Born in London to a Mauritian father and an Indian mother, Naga studied English at the University of Leeds. Her first gig as a journalist was with the Evening Standard until she started her television career for Reuters Financial Television.

She started working for Working Lunch at the BBC back in 2008 and has hosted a variety of shows for the broadcaster since then.

Let’s see her in action

Naga’s comments on racism:

Naga on the 2019 EU elections:

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